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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was founded in the 1920s with a drive to innovate spurred by frustration with the poor quality of medical education. When the School of Medicine and Dentistry opened in 1925, advertisements promoted the cutting-edge characteristics of the School: all facilities under one roof, opportunities for cooperation between the School and hospital, small classes, and the equality of men and women.

Since the School’s opening, the innovative spirit has not weakened. Introduced a decade ago, the Double Helix Curriculum, a transformation of the curriculum that intertwines basic science and clinical work throughout all four years of medical school, earned the School of Medicine and Dentistry national attention. In 2009, the School not only grappled with the highly stressed economy but also the departure of David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School since 2002, who took a top position at the University of Florida.

We continue to attract a diverse, talented group of students eager to be trained in the biopsychosocial tradition with access to outstanding research and community and international health experiences. Neither the economy nor the dean’s departure slowed our drive for innovation.

In 2009, we developed new ways to involve students in the practice of medicine. The School received a substantial grant as support for a new doctoral degree program in cardiovascular science that targets the creation of treatments out of lab discoveries. The Eastman Institute for Oral Health also redesigned a master’s program with an aim towards translational research. The School of Nursing continued to attract funds to help more students enroll in the accelerated baccalaureate and master’s programs for non-nurses.

Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., chair emerita of the Department of Pediatrics, served as acting dean. Mark B. Taubman, M.D., the former chair of the Department of Medicine who served as acting CEO of the Medical Center, was appointed the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s tenth dean, taking over the job on March 1.
Continued innovation is guaranteed.